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Old 06-30-2009, 05:14 AM   #11386
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hello bicycle aficionados. what's a good mountain bike buy up to $450? thanks

What kind of terrain are you looking to ride? There's a couple different directions you can go at that price.

That said, most any good bike shop should be able to set you up with something decent for that price. Brand doesn't really matter too much. And which model you get sort of depends on how much the bike shop might be willing to deal.
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Old 06-30-2009, 07:38 AM   #11387
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hello bicycle aficionados. what's a good mountain bike buy up to $450? thanks
What kind of riding you planning on doing?

If yer bombing around the neighborhood, $450 is the top of the range you wanna look in.

If yer going mildy off-road, yer at the beginning of the range

If yer gonna go ride it off-road seriously, look for something with at least LX on it. That means stretching yer budget tho.

You CAN take a $450 bike pretty much everywhere you take a more expensive bike. It just doesn't work as well doing it.

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Old 06-30-2009, 08:21 AM   #11388
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If yer gonna go ride it off-road seriously, look for something with at least LX on it. That means stretching yer budget tho.

Plain Jane Deore is perfectly fine if you're a cheap bastard like me.
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Old 06-30-2009, 08:44 AM   #11389
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Sixer,
Where was that?
That just looks fun.

Also for the collective, a question:
Anybody know anything about the Titus ML-1?
Colorado Cyclist has the frame on sale, and after my recent gravity testing, my wife is open to the idea that a new bike might help me.

Like better technology can make up for lack of skill...
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:20 AM   #11390
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I want a good mountain bike for trail riding -- woods and rocks... Anyway.. Is it possible to find one with disk brakes and a decent seat?
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:21 AM   #11391
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so here is my quick lil update...

I just took 1st place and now leading the points in the series (age cat of course)...





and too friggin tired to care
you will be upgrading soon! congrats
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:58 AM   #11392
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I want a good mountain bike for trail riding -- woods and rocks... Anyway.. Is it possible to find one with disk brakes and a decent seat?

In that price range, you probably won't find anything with discs without cutting some other corners. I'd just look for something with the mounting tabs for them on the frame and fork and upgrade later. (And if they're not on the fork, that's OK- you can upgrade that too. )

If you get really into trail riding, you'll be doing a lot of upgrading on a $450 bike in the near future.

Seat quality is a highly personal standard. Spend the bucks on some shorts first. If you still don't like the stock seat- there are about 10 billion options out there at reasonable and not so reasonable costs.
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Old 06-30-2009, 10:07 AM   #11393
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Had a chance to go out today for some riding at Winter Park Resort. We usually ride the open trails all over around here, but today we sprung for lift tickets and had some gravity assist at the on-resort trails...

"Shy Ann" trail on my Yeti 575... Love the bike!


After a few fairly mellow runs with the wife, I put on a bit more gear and hit the downhill race course. Tons of fun!
we were out there last weekend... fun huh??

going again the 4th weekend to pre-run the following week race.
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Old 06-30-2009, 10:10 AM   #11394
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I want a good mountain bike for trail riding -- woods and rocks... Anyway.. Is it possible to find one with disk brakes and a decent seat?
Go to a bike shop.

Seriously, you're not gonna get anywhere buying a first bicycle without looking at, touching, and riding some around the store parking lot.

My shop carries at least 3 models that are under $450 (Trek and Cannondale), I'm sure your local shop does too. They'll help you get one that fits as well.
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Old 06-30-2009, 10:12 AM   #11395
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you will be upgrading soon! congrats
I am, next race.... everybody told me I would be sandbaggin otherwise...

b-b-b-ut I like the podium....






so here comes some interval training (starting tonight)!! 44 mile ride with (too) much interval crap!!! I was chatting with a pro friend of mine who refused to give me training advice if I did not move up a class
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Old 06-30-2009, 11:27 AM   #11396
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Sixer,
Where was that?
That just looks fun.

Also for the collective, a question:
Anybody know anything about the Titus ML-1?
Colorado Cyclist has the frame on sale, and after my recent gravity testing, my wife is open to the idea that a new bike might help me.

Like better technology can make up for lack of skill...
The trails are part of the Mile High Trail system that the City of Prescott has built. That part is located in the Granite Dells area. A lot of places to play back there.

I'm trying to pitch a new bike to the wife.
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Old 06-30-2009, 02:38 PM   #11397
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The trails are part of the Mile High Trail system that the City of Prescott has built. That part is located in the Granite Dells area. A lot of places to play back there.

I'm trying to pitch a new bike to the wife.
Very cool. Maybe I'll be riding something new come Christmas when I get over to Mesa.

with my low gears that set of trails looks like even a fat guy like me could get around in low-low gears.
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Old 06-30-2009, 03:18 PM   #11398
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Very cool. Maybe I'll be riding something new come Christmas when I get over to Mesa.

with my low gears that set of trails looks like even a fat guy like me could get around in low-low gears.
I'm trying to get in all the trails I can because I'm moving back to the Los Angeles area and I'll have to travel farther to ride. Hah you'll have no problem if me, 266 pounds riding a SS, can ride the trails.
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Old 06-30-2009, 03:55 PM   #11399
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Cool.
Where in LA?

I'm in the OC at the border of the IE, in Tricky Dick's old home town...
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Old 06-30-2009, 04:03 PM   #11400
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I'm going back to school at El Camino, but we haven't picked a place to live yet. Maybe the south bay or maybe the Silverlake area. I grew up in Venice and spent most of my life on the West side. What brings you to Mesa?
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